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NDLEA To Kashamu: Address Facts Of Your Case

Posted: May 25, 2015 at 12:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe, Lagos

with less than 24 hours for Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu to appear before the Federal High Court today, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has called on him to act honourably by concentrating on the facts of his case, rather than drag former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and former Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George into his personal problems.

Buruji Kashamu

Buruji Kashamu

The Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Ofoyeju Mitchell, made the call in a six paragraph statement made available to journalists yesterday in Lagos.

Ofoyeju maintained that the fact was that a formal request for his extradition had been received from the Embassy of the United States of America.

He added that official report indicated that Kashamu has been on the wanted list of both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Kashamu, he said; was indicted in the Northern District of Illinois, United States on charges brought against him by ICE.

The NDLEA spokesman stated that the United States court documents, showed that Kashamu in his days as the leader of a prolific heroin trafficking ring based in Chicago, Illinois was known as “God,” “Daddy,” and “Kasmal”, adding that he is wanted to stand trial on charges of conspiracy and importation of controlled substances, namely heroin, into the United States dating back to 1994.

Kashamu, who holds dual Nigerian and Beninese citizenship, Ofoyeju stated had taken multiple preemptive actions to thwart U.S. extradition efforts such as making fanciful claims that his was a case of mistaken identity and that his deceased brother was responsible for the crimes he was being sought after in the United States.

The NDLEA image maker stated that Kashamu had filed injunctions at the Federal Court both in the Northern District of Illinois, United States and in Nigeria to prevent his arrest and prosecution.

Ofoyeju pointed out that these are issues Kashamu should prepare to address rather than point accusing fingers at eminent elder statesmen, who have no connection with the ongoing investigative process.

According to him, “We expect Kashamu as a distinguished senator-elect to demonstrate ample confidence in the Nigerian judicial system and stop the blame game.”

The Senator –elect was placed on house arrest by the NDLEA at the weekend, and he is expected to appear in court in less than 24 hours.